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Probate and Estates

Probate and Estates Law

Probate Attorneys in Columbia, South Carolina
In South Carolina, if a person passes away without a will, the state law determines how the person’s assets will be distributed. At Bernstein & Bernstein, our probate and estate attorneys can help you or a loved one plan for the future so that your assets are passed down to the people that matter most. You can trust our probate attorneys in Columbia, SC, to give you peace of mind with an estate plan that adheres to your wishes.
What are Estate Attorneys?
Estate planning attorneys, also referred to as estate law attorneys, work with living clients to set up wills, trusts, general estate planning before death. These plans allow you to prepare for what will happen after you pass away or if you can no longer take care of yourself and your estate. Getting these affairs in order ahead of time is best so it doesn’t become the responsibility of your family.
In many cases, utilizing an estate attorney will prevent your family from needing a probate attorney in the future. If your will and assets are all accounted for, everything will be good to go. If something is being challenged, a probate attorney will need to step in.
What are Probate Attorneys and Estate Attorneys?
Probate is the process of legally establishing the validity of a will before a judicial authority. This process is used to transfer assets out of the deceased person’s name to the new heirs. How the probate process proceeds varies depending on the decedent’s date of death, the value of the estate, and the number of heirs. Every situation is different, and a probate attorney can be highly beneficial.
Probate lawyers work with the executors and beneficiaries of an estate to settle the affairs of the decedent. The lawyer’s involvement will depend on the value of the decedent’s assets and whether or not they had a last will or testament at the time they passed away.
If no will exists, beneficiaries will have to file claims and sue for what they believe they are entitled to. Challenges can also arise if there is a will, but a beneficiary wants to challenge its validity. Our probate attorneys in Columbia, SC, are experienced in handling estates and are here to help you through the process.
How our Probate Attorneys in Columbia, SC can help you
When you work with our knowledgeable probate attorneys, they will work diligently to help you navigate the probate law process and get you the assets you deserve. Some of the areas related to probate and estates for which we provide legal counsel include:
  • Probate Litigation
  • Probate Administration
  • Estate Planning
  • Guardianship Litigation
  • Trust Litigation
  • Trust Administration
  • Power of Attorney Abuse
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Collecting Proceeds from Life Insurance Policies
  • Preparation and Filing of Required Probate Court Documents
  • Resolving Income Tax Issues
  • Transference of Assets
Our Columbia, SC Probate Attorneys
Our probate and estate attorneys at Bernstein and Bernstein are experienced, skilled, and effective. Our goal is to always work on our clients’ behalf, helping them achieve the legal outcome that represents their best interests.
Do you need legal help with your probate or estate administration? One of our Columbia, SC, probate and estate attorneys at Bernstein and Bernstein can help. Call our office at (803) 799-7900 or contact us online.

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